Forty-five credit union professionals became Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs) after completing intensive Credit Union Development Education (DE) training Sept. 14-21 from the National Credit Union Foundation.
The most recent DE graduates included credit union advocates from across the United States and 1 from Kenya, and represented credit unions, state leagues, and CUNA.
“The DE program wasn’t a training—it was a life experience. I walked away with a heartfelt understanding of who we are as a movement, and profound respect for what it took to get us where we are today. I’m energized and ready to do all I can to help better the lives of others,” said Julia Sohn, vice president of human resources, SchoolsFirst FCU, Santa Ana, Calif.
Their final projects addressed student loan debt; board development, recruiting and compensation; microfinance programs in developing countries; solutions to predatory lending; homelessness in America; and rejuvenating a stagnant credit union.
Said Ronaldo Hardy, who currently is president/CEO, Shell Geismar FCU, Geismar, La.: “It has ignited a huge energy in me to bring financial dignity to the underserved population as we work to eliminate poverty.”
The Foundation’s final DE training of 2016 in November is sold out. For more information on 2017 classes, visit ncuf.coop.